Overall, I consider my skin normal. It is not oily or dry, but there are visible signs of aging. Most people think I am at least 15 years younger. If I did not have flab under my chin, which has been there all my life...I'd probably look even younger. I'm not overweight, but my neck has always been a problem.
My facial skin can be slightly sensitive, especially when using products with fragrance, retinol and Vitamin C. Sensitivity Symptoms: Teensy-weensy bumps, small dry flakes and redness develop in the nasal labiofold and marionette area - appears to look like dermatitis.
I can get oil production in the lower corner of the nose and chin indent area. Oil is in the form of tiny whiteheads and this easily is controlled with a microdermabrasion scrub.
I rarely get breakouts, but when I do, they leave marks. Ridding myself of these marks would be great. I am hoping that Dr. Denese products will help.
I have fine lines on the forehead and under the eye, with crepiness on the eyelids.
The lip is mostly very fine lines, but there are two very noticeable larger wrinkles on the top. My nasal labiofold and marionette lines are visible now that I'm in my 50's. Sadly, I do not have a defined jawline - which I really really really hate, really.
I use a FDA approved home microcurrent device (purchased on the Q) which actually does seem to help here.
Just finished my current sunscreen product, and will now begin use of Dr.Dense SPF30 Day Cream.
I just ordered the firming pads, extreme pro-peptide gel and the peel treatment. I see an esthetician monthly, she uses a 15% glycolic solution, followed by a diamond microdermabrasion and professional ultrasound treatment. At home, I have been using another brands 5% glycolic daily, so I anticipate my skin should adjust to the (10%??) pads.
Sometimes my skin reacts to Vitamin A and C products. Those problems mentioned in my first paragraph seem to be exacerbated by some retinol and Vitamin C products. Not sure if I should use the gel daily, so will start using it every other night and go from there. Any thoughts here?
I purchased the Q's TSV and looking forward to using the HydroShield Serum as I believe this will be excellent for my skin. I will definitely use the neck cream too. Not sure if the facial wrinkle cream will be to much...but will try it.
I'm thinking I will purchase the microdermabrasion cream to use weekly, but before I order, waiting to see how the wrinkle cream works. If it is too much, I may opt to try the HydroShield Emulsion. (My plan is that if the TSV wrinkle cream is too much for my face, it should be great for my hands and knees! I hate those wrinkles on the knees!!).
In the morning, I will cleanse and use the serum. Once it absorbs, I will add my existing eye cream and primer, then the SPF30 Day Cream and/or foundation. (By the way, I really wish the HydroShield eye emulsion was in a tube...I hate to 'touch" product in a jar - none-the-less will purchase Dr. D's new eye emulsion when my existing product is finished). I'm pretty confident the AM regime will be fine and not cause any irritation.
My PM plan is to begin using the pads every other night, working up to daily.
Follow with the Pro-Peptide Gel, then Serum.
To allow my face to adjust to the new products, I plan add the facial wrinkle cream after a week. THOUGHTS?
If the wrinkle cream is too heavy/strong or cause breakouts - then I will check out either Dream Cream or HydroShield Emulsion. Not sure which will be best, but the ingredients on the emulsion look impressive. THOUGHTS?
I'm committed to giving Dr. Denese products a 45-day try. I will not return products after 30 days unless my skin takes a turn for the worse. I believe new products should be given a minimum of 45 days to 90 days to actually see visible results. Just sayin'
I'll keep everyone posted after a few weeks of use.
If anyone has suggestions - please let me know. It appears many on this site are long time users of Dr. Denese, so I am hoping to hear if my aforementioned plan is on the right track.
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Your Dr. Denese Skin Care Team
Q: At home, I have been using another brands 5% glycolic daily, so I anticipate my skin should adjust to the (10%??) pads.
A: Yes, your skin should adjust. You may want to start out with every other evening for the first two weeks to gradually get your skin used to the increase. 10% is able to be used by many with very sensitive skin so you should not experience any problems.
Q: Sometimes my skin reacts to Vitamin A and C products. Those problems mentioned in my first paragraph seem to be exacerbated by some retinol and Vitamin C products. Not sure if I should use the gel daily, so will start using it every other night and go from there. Any thoughts here?
A: The gel should be used daily; however you should start off with every other due to the fact you have had vitamin C issues in the past. After a week of using it, if you do not notice irritation then you can go to every night. Use this immediately after cleansing and exfoliating and before any serums or creams.
Q: To allow my face to adjust to the new products, I plan add the facial wrinkle cream after a week. THOUGHTS?
A: This is a very good idea. It's best to start one by one so you know which products you are okay with and which causes an irritation or breakout for you.
Q: If the wrinkle cream is too heavy/strong or cause breakouts - then I will check out either Dream Cream or HydroShield Emulsion. Not sure which will be best, but the ingredients on the emulsion look impressive. THOUGHTS?
A: The HydroShield Face Emulsion does contain the most peptides out of all of the creams, just above the wrinkle smoother cream. It is very rich in consistency, a bit more so than the wrinkle smoother. The Dream Cream is a bit more lightweight and does not contain as many peptides. If you can use the wrinkle smoother or the emulsion you should. They provide the best in regards to stimulating collagen production.
Thank you so much! I just began using the SPF30 Day Cream and love it. It is not very emollient, but for my sensitive skin, the formula is "just right"! I have not had any adverse reactions. I like that it is easily absorbed, is NOT greasy and does not leave any residue. To me, it is odorless and I like that. The tint blends nicely into my skin. If I wish to have coverage for imperfections or flaws, I apply foundation. In fact, I have applied it over foundation and before blush, works well. I like the tube, this type of packaging really protects the integrity of the product. Additionally, I can control the amount of product which is excellent! I began using the Pads and HydroShield Serum on my face nightly - so far, so good. The Triple Strength Wrinkle Neck Cream is great on my chest! After one use, I actually did see a difference. It really is smoothing and seems to plump up the deep etched-in wrinkles so that they are not as noticeable. After only three nights of usage, I have very high hopes for improvement of my chest skin.
That's excellent Donna! Let us know your progress as you go along if you like. We are here to help whenever you need. :)
Tried the RX Pro-Peptide Gel and intend to return it. I don't care for the odor and the product feel is too tacky and sticky. After a few applications, every other day, I experienced minor irritation. Overall, I just don't care for the products odor and tackiness to continue using it.
Just added the RX Glycolic Peel and love it. It is lightweight and has a slight odor that dissipates quickly. I leave it on for 10 minutes with no adverse reaction. It feels comfortable and seems to penetrate my skin. There was a slight tingle but that did not last for more than a few seconds. Amazing peel, my skin is soft and smoother after use, but the best result is that it glows!